The Star: Plaques Commemorate Canada’s Lesser-Known Internment Camps

The Star: Plaques Commemorate Canada’s Lesser-Known Internment Camps

By: Brian Platt Staff Reporter A priest lights incense before a small plaque on a wall in a downtown Toronto cathedral and sings a Ukrainian Orthodox hymn. It’s a small ceremony to commemorate the internment of “enemy aliens” during the First World War: people living in Canada who happened to...

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Reuters: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million, Half of All Syrians Displaced

Reuters: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million, Half of All Syrians Displaced

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) – Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further...

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BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

By Elizabeth Warkentin Few independent tourists make their way to Kayakoy, a ghost town just 5km west of the tattoo parlours, British pubs and dance clubs of Hisaronu, a raucous tourist resort on Turkey’s southwest coast. The abandoned village’s air of mystery – and off-the-beaten-path feel – is precisely what...

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Patriarch John X: Words of Welcome to Patriarch Ephrem II Karim

Patriarch John X: Words of Welcome to Patriarch Ephrem II Karim

Note: This is unofficial translation was provided for OCN by Notes on Arab Orthodoxy. The Arabic original is available here. Patriarch John X’s speech welcoming Patriarch Ephrem II to the Monastery of Saint George al-Homeyra My brother, Your Holiness and Beatitude Patriarch Mar Ignatius Ephrem II Karim, My brothers the...

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Syria Pulse: Aleppo’s Forgotten Christians

Syria Pulse: Aleppo’s Forgotten Christians

By Edward Dark ALEPPO, Syria — Walking through the largely Christian neighborhoods of Aleppo city — Azizieh, Siryan, Sulaimaniyah and Midan — you can still see the posters of the two bishops kidnapped by Islamist militants last year hanging on shop windows, walls and even cars. The people here haven’t...

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IOCC Delivers Relief to Gaza’s Displaced Families

IOCC Delivers Relief to Gaza’s Displaced Families

PHOTO: A displaced boy from Gaza City welcomes the hot meals delivered by IOCC for his family and hundreds of other families seeking refuge at St. Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Gaza City. IOCC is providing emergency relief to hundreds of displaced families occupying the church and a nearby...

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Metropolitan Hilarion: World on Brink of World War III

Metropolitan Hilarion: World on Brink of World War III

(Moscow, July 31, Interfax) – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, has expressed concern over the current international situation, claiming that the world has found itself one step away from a global war. “The current situation is increasingly reminiscent of that in...

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We ask your prayers for peace and healing in the Middle East

We ask your prayers for peace and healing in the Middle East

Almighty God and Creator, You are the Father of all people on the earth. Guide, I pray, all the nations and their leaders in the ways of justice and peace. Protect us from the evils of injustice, prejudice, exploitation, conflict and war. Help us to put away mistrust, bitterness and...

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IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In this past week, the most intense violence in nearly two years has claimed over 100 lives, including 23 children, injured more than 800 people, and left families with damaged and destroyed homes in the Gaza Strip. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is in Gaza, assessing...

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Veterans and Mental Health

Veterans and Mental Health

In this episode, Bill Hinkle interviews Steve Sherokey about the challenges faced by veterans returning from the wars. Dr. Sherokey has a Doctor of Ministry degree and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. __________________________________ Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the Orthodox Christian Network...

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